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Posted May 27, 2006
You do not have to be Catholic to find truth in this wonderful man's words. Truth is one and only, and the message from God John Paul conveys is inspiring and heartwarming.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 4, 2005
I have recently purchased this book and am currently reading it. It is awe-inspiring. I would also like to suggest that, with the death of Pope John Paul II, admirers also buy (if you can find it) or rent the movie, Shoes of the Fisherman, based on the book by Morris West, which I have also read. This book, very loosely based on the person of John XXIII, made into a movie in 1968 with Anthony Quinn, is about the election of a new pope after the current one dies (circa 1963, the year Pope John died). What is remarkable about the story is that a Russian, who had been imprisoned in Siberia by communists for 17 years (20 in the movie), becomes the new Pope. It is almost prophetic regarding the election of Pope John Paul II, a Pole with a history of fighting communism in his homeland. John Paul II wasn't elected until 15 years after the book was published, and 10 years after the movie was made. There is much in the movie about the election with real footage of the people of Rome and the world on the scene in St Peter's square; the black/white smoke and the meaning of each; views inside the Vatican and the conclave where the Cardinals are sequestered during the election process, and much more. It's a quick study in what is happening right now. As a non-Catholic, but an admirer of the Pope and his stature in the world, I find the movie very enlightening and learn more from it each time I watch it. I also find what I learn from it to be very helpful in understanding other works written about the Pope and by him, including this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.